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Social Science

Combine three disciplines into your ideal academic plan

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Science is an interdisciplinary degree linking the fields of anthropology, economics, government, history, psychology, and sociology. As a student, you'll choose a primary field to focus your studies within and two secondary concentrations that provide depth to your degree.

Meeting students’ career goals and academic objectives is built into the B.A. in Social Sciences, including methods of examining and solving problems of all types, preparing a writing portfolio, and a thorough grounding in academic methodologies and analytical approaches. The B.A. in Social Sciences enhances career possibilities and prepares students for direct entry into the job market or graduate school.

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Student Experience

Senator Ted Stevens Legislative Internship Program

UAS B.A. Political Science alumna Elizabeth Bolling shared why she choose UAS and how her participation in the the Legislative Internship Program advanced her career and academic goals.

Senator Ted Stevens Legislative Internship Program

UAS alum Marcos Galindo, shares his experience participating in the Senator Ted Stevens Legislative Internship Program. The program enables qualified students to earn college credit while working in the Alaska Legislature in the office of one State Senator or Representative. Learn more about this program.

Anthropology

Primary Field/Concentration

Anthropology examines human adaptation, variation, and change by analyzing culture, society, language, and biology. Courses span archeology, culture, linguistics, evolution, genetics, forensics, and demographics. Students also have opportunities to participate in practical study and research, ranging from archaeological fieldwork to interviewing Elders.

Anthropologists work in applied fields that use anthropological methods and theories to identify and solve contemporary social problems. Careers paths include teaching, working with state or federal agencies such as the Forest Service, the National Park Service, or health agencies, working with Tribal organizations or ANSCA village or regional corporations, in Forensic Anthropology with Law Enforcement, or in preservation and instruction of Alaska Native languages.

Economics

Primary Field/Concentration

Economic forces affect everyone, and understanding the field helps individuals cope with and adapt to rapidly changing local, national, and global marketplaces. The economic way of thinking is analytical, clear, concise, and rigorous. Students learn to identify problems, to specify alternative solutions, to determine what data is relevant, and to objectively weigh costs and benefits in making decisions.

Economics is an excellent preparation for graduate study in economics, law, business, or international relations. Many graduate law and business schools prefer that their students have a broad liberal arts background blended with the logical, analytical thinking that an emphasis in economics provides.

These skills are useful in both the public and private sectors. Careers include banking, real estate, litigation analysis, planning, government, trading, financial analysis, teaching, and a host of other employment opportunities.

Government and Political Science

Primary Field/Concentration

Juneau is Alaska’s capital, and UAS students are well positioned to be at the center of the action. In addition to studying political science, students have the opportunity to apply to the Senator Ted Stevens Legislative Internship Program and work full time during the legislative session during the spring semester while earning college credit. The program places students with a state senator or representative, where they participate in all the responsibilities of full-time legislative staffers including communicating with constituents, meeting with lobbyists and other legislative staff, and tracking and moving legislation throughout the session.

Legislative Internship Program

History

Primary Field/Concentration

History provides critical awareness of the ways that economic conditions, social classes, political institutions, cultural systems, and worldviews have shaped the lives of people. It also explains how the actions of various people, renowned and ordinary, collectively and as individuals, have shaped those historical forces.

Students complete a general introduction to U.S., World, or European history, then pursue specific interests through upper-division courses that require rigorous analysis and interpretation. Students in the field seek to understand and explain why important events occurred, how they developed and concluded, and what legacies those events have for us today. Of interest is what historical events and processes have meant for ordinary people in their personal and collective experience, and the degree to which history is shaped by large economic, social, political and cultural forces, and the extent to which individuals and groups exert influence upon these processes.

Psychology

Primary Field/Concentration

Psychology is the scientific study of how and why people think, feel, and behave as they do. Our scientific approach to understanding human behavior equips students with a solid foundation of analytical and research skills for careers in many fields.

The psychology curriculum provides a solid foundation in quantitative methods of the science, while also allowing students to individualize their educational experience. Upper-division electives have an empirical orientation, focusing on social, clinical, personality, and cognitive psychology. Students completing the program will be prepared to pursue a wide range of professional studies in psychology. Career options include academia, business, counseling, education, law, medicine, and social work.

Students who are looking for more direct, hands-on exposure to the field may also choose to complete an independent research project, a research or teaching assistantship, or an internship within our communities.

Sociology

Primary Field/Concentration

Sociology is the study of how we live together. The field combines scientific and humanistic perspectives to study urban and rural life, family patterns and relationships, social change, inter-group relations, social class, technology and communications, health care and illness, social movements, community responses to disasters, and contemporary social issues.

Students take classes in deviant behavior, close relationships, men, women, and change, medical sociology, race and ethnic relations, and more. Sociology provides many distinctive ways of looking at the world that generates new ideas and reassesses old ones.

Learning Environments

Learning On-Campus

Attending classes on-campus provides ready access to your professors and on-campus resources like the learning centers, libraries, student services, and more. Traditional classrooms and specialty classrooms with a range of technologies create vital spaces to connect and learn from each other.

Learning Online

Providing specially-designed courses and even full programs online is essential to our students’ success. Each online course is delivered by the best method for that particular subject combined with individual attention and high-level engagement from our professors. Some programs combine a segment on-campus with an online curriculum. Some utilize a cohort model, where students in the program progress together in a supportive group. All have access to the supportive and dynamic classroom environments found within Blackboard and UAS Connect. Learn more at uas.edu.

"Studying Anthropology, History, and Sociology allowed me to contextualize social theories and appreciate the common origins of humanity."

Program Faculty

Robin Walz, Ph.D.

Robin Walz, Ph.D.

Professor of History

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Erica Hill, Ph.D.

Erica Hill, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology

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Daniel Monteith, Ph.D.

Daniel Monteith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology

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David H. Noon, Ph.D.

David H. Noon, Ph.D.

Professor of History

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Lora E. Vess

Lora E. Vess

Assistant Professor of Social Sciences

Environmental sociology and environmental justice, food studies, social inequality, social movements, scholarship of teaching and learning, sociology of health and medicine

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Glenn D. Wright

Glenn D. Wright

Associate Professor of Political Science, USUAS-JC Advisor, Social Sciences Department Chair

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Priscilla Schulte, Ph.D.

Priscilla Schulte, Ph.D.

Ketchikan Campus Director, Professor of Anthropology/Sociology

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John Radzilowski, Ph.D.

John Radzilowski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

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William Urquhart, Ph.D.

William Urquhart, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology

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Ali Ziegler, Ph.D.

Ali Ziegler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Ann Spehar, M.A.

Ann Spehar, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Economics

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Brandon M. Chapman, Ph.D.

Brandon M. Chapman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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